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I was afraid of flying for some time, not because I'd never flown before but because it had simply been a very long time. Then when I went on a lads holiday to Magaluf with some mates, I was absolutely terrified during takeoff because it was a very windy day, where even the pilot apologised after takeoff. And at the slightest turbulence mid-flight, I kept hearing a screaming voice in the back of my head like, "WE'RE CRASHING!!".
And then on the flight back over the Pyrenees it got shaky again, this time with no word from the pilot, until a while later when he told us that there were heavy thunderstorms over much of central and northern France that we had no way of flying around, and that things could "get a little bumpy from here on out". So I was like, we're fucked.
The plane was rattling like an empty spray can in that thunderstorm for over 45 minutes, at some point lifting one of the trolleys in the back of the plane where I was sitting a few centimetres off the ground. But we made it out, and the weather noticeably calmed down over the Channel.
After that, I was no longer afraid of flying, and I've flown many times since. It was extreme confrontational therapy, but it worked.
As a tip - when there's turbulence, keep looking at the facial expressions of the flight attendants. If they're still calm, then whatever you're experiencing is everyday routine for them, so even if it feels very scary to you, you'll probably be just fine.